Like everyone else, I am still struggling to process the events of the past few weeks.
A racially motivated shooting in Buffalo, NY that killed 10 people, mostly elderly black people in a supermarket.
And then, only 10 days later, the horrific shooting that took the lives of teachers and 4th grade students in Uvalde, TX.
I heard this morning that it is only May, yet there have been 27 school shootings already this year?
The still ongoing terrible war in Ukraine, no baby formula, gas prices, global food shortages.
And, on top of all of this, like so many others I just found out that I have Covid. Again.
For those of us who are empaths especially, all of this suffering and pain can become a huge swirl of overwhelm and cause us to feel helpless – as the problems we are all facing today seem so large, so overwhelming that we wonder what we can do.
But we can’t just give up on ourselves.
It is important to remember that our past, including our past lives have shaped the reality we are living right now, in the present moment – but the future is not determined.
Yes, we are all overwhelmed, but it is so important to keep hope alive that we can create a different future and to continue to put in effort and take actionable steps to create it.
We can’t just bury our heads in the sand.
We can create a different future.
We have that power.
I know, some of you are reading this and thinking “but I’m not the problem, and I can’t control what other people do”.
Yes, that is true- but each of us are responsible for our own contribution to our society and it is important to remember that true change that happens on a collective level begins with the change that first happens within, on a personal level.
We can create a future that is safe from senseless acts of violence, features true equality, justice and equal opportunity for everyone – don’t give up, keep believing in your future self.
You got this. WE got this. Together.